While You Hate, We CREATE! Fuck Racism in Metal!

Racism is never a joke…Phil Anselmo, you straight fucking played yourself in the eyes of so many, and CVLT Nation will never support you in any way or form.

I have been an active part of the underground music community since the early 80s, and I have never made the color of my skin an issue until today. In the 35 years that I’ve been going to shows, playing in bands and collecting and appreciating punk and metal music, I have seen musicians and fans of all colors, cultures and genders. When Meghan and I started CVLT Nation, we decided that at its foundation we would ignore all music with a racist and sexist agenda. We weren’t going to get on a soapbox about it, it just wasn’t going to make it on the pages of this webzine. We would get angry in private, and publicly we would erase racism in metal from existence.

But we’re not going to lie about the music and cultures we admire. We post about hip hop, we post about Nina Simone and black biker gangs, and when we can’t stop ourselves we post about police brutality in the black community. And every.single.time. we have to deal with some maggotty racist scum bubbling up to the surface to tell us to stop with our “black propaganda” or to tell us how superior the white race is. We just delete, delete, delete. And move on. Because of two things: 1. Anyone who espouses the belief that the 0.01% of their DNA that determines their external appearance makes them genetically superior to another human being is a fucking fool and astoundingly ignorant; and 2. Because these ignorant cretins could never convince us that we should not listen to this music, love and support this music and above all lose our self-respect and love for each other and our family and friends because of something so insignificant as race. In the past, we’ve been told that if we don’t condone racist ideologies in metal, then we shouldn’t be running this site, because extreme music holds extreme views. In our opinion, racism is not “extreme,” it’s ignorant, dumb and worthless. So to those people, we say “fuck you” and move on.

 

 

For anyone who doesn’t already know: CVLT Nation is run by an interracial couple with three awesome biracial kids that we love with all of our hearts. Our 4.5 year old and 2 year old daughters have more metal running through their veins than most of our readers. I doubt even Phil Anselmo can claim that as an infant his favorite music was fast and heavy. When I heard Phil say “White Power,” it hit home, because it meant not only he does not think I should be a part of this community that I’ve dedicated my life to, but also that my children should not exist and I should not be married to my best friend. I know that we have some readers that might agree with his statements, or be apologetic for them, and to those people I say this: it’s your right to read our site, and thanks for the hits and for helping us feed our family, but just know that this site is run by the people you think you HATE, and by people who you think have no right to have a say about this music and this community.

It’s time for us all to take a stand against feeble-minded people like Phil Anselmo and all who think that what he was saying was a joke!

 

 

If calling Anselmo out for holding beliefs that show zero respect for us and our family and friends – including musicians whose talent makes Anslemo look like he’s got his thumbs up his ass – makes us Social Justice Warriors, then so be it. I would would rather be that then a racist piece of shit who has ass-backward views and can’t think for themselves. I have family members who were raped and lynched, but even if I didn’t, I couldn’t be silent about this, because if I don’t speak up I might as well be down with Phil. Honestly, I find it ironic that Phil makes money off of reworking blues riffs, but hates the people who created them. It doesn’t get much more ignorant than that.

Much respect to everyone online and in the real world who are brave enough to speak out against racism in Metal. Phil Anselmo’s idiotic actions may have inspired this discussion, but we have to acknowledge that this problem runs deeper than just one person in the industry, and should be addressed more often. To all of our racist, sexist, xenophobic or homophobic readers out there in cyberspace: please unlike us, because we don’t fucking like you! While you hate, we CREATE!

 

 

 

Enjoy this post? Donate to CVLT Nation to help keep us going!

 
Previous post

At The Drive In Tour Announcement!

Next post

The Beautifully Bleak Photography of José Ortiz-Echagüe

The Author

Sean Reveron

Sean Reveron

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
whiskeyhammer
Guest
whiskeyhammer

TL;DR Go home Phil, you’re drunk.

whiskeyhammer
Guest
whiskeyhammer

Dude has been a down-low racist for years, this is literally old news and the outrage millennials feel over it is embarrassing and trite. Besides, I’d rather have an open racist than a snide, SWPL liberal type racist any day, at least they are honest.

Nathan
Guest
Nathan

I support you in everything you have said in this article. I will probably never listen to a Phil Anselmo album again. However, I do have an issue with why you speak up about his. I have read articles on this site were you support artists who have said or sung about much worse… such as supporting child prostitution and pedophilia. Why turn a blind eye to these issues and speak out about racism. Which is worse?

mtchknght
Guest
mtchknght

Colin Charles…. Pretty much all this article is saying is that being a racist prick isn’t ok. Why do you find that so disagreeable. Go back to /pol/

gytr
Guest
gytr
Colin Charles
Guest
Colin Charles

-209 for my previous comment = 209 beta vaginas who have no place listening to metal due to the fact that they must have everything in life censored so that their fragile feelings don’t get hurt. This is thrash we are dealing with though, and thrashtards have always been the emasculated crybabies of heavy metal. PC is censorship, and censorship is most certainly not Kvlt (Cvltnation got it wrong). So if you cuckboys want to whine because something hurt your feelz and you want to pander and brown-nose to non-white demographics because Huffpost or Cosmo magazine told you that its… Read more »

john o.
Guest
john o.

“racism is not ‘extreme,’ it’s ignorant, dumb and worthless”

well said!

mishy
Guest
mishy

here is petition to remove from download festival
change.org/p/andy-copping-download-festival-2016-remove-racist-phil-anselmo-from-download-festival-2016-line-up

odinnmerckx
Guest

Fuck Phil Anselmo. He’s an idiot.

Justin
Guest
Justin

Standing in solidarity.

hypocrite
Guest
hypocrite

“The other day, someone asked me what I think of Kerry King from SLAYER always trashing MACHINE HEAD and me,” Flynn stated. “You want to know what I think? I think the guy’s a jerk. I think the guy’s a lard ass. I think the guy’s eaten so many cheeseburgers lately his brain is starting to clog up, and he can’t think straight anymore. And, I think it’s really hard to get offended when the guy who’s talking trash about you looks like RIGHT SAID FRED with a beard, and wears ass-less leather chaps. I mean, c’mon!? The guy wears… Read more »

Rafael Madrid
Guest

Thanks for this. I live in Brazil, 33 years old, listening to metal music since I was a kid, and something that always bothered me was: which one of these guys are racists, neonazi, or something? It kind of tear my heart appart to know that someone like Phil Anselmo, that could be an example of chemical and personal overcoming ofr millions of kids out there, acted like this while drunk.
PS: Why not make a selection of notorious racists/neonazi in Rock/Metal, so we can be aware of what’s going on ? 😉
Tks for the article

jf
Guest
jf

Thanks for posting this. I love how people are trying to defend this by making stupid “What about first amendment? What about not being PC?” comments. You can say whatever you want, yes, but then we don’t need to support you. Fuck off, Phil.

C
Guest
C

I’ve been an avid reader for three years, and I’ve never left a comment. But I want to now to say that I stand in solidarity with you, Sean, and all anti-racists in the metal/punk/underground communities. I’m glad you spoke to this, and did so loudly. Anyone who thinks racism has a place in metal or punk needs to get out of the scene: all of this culture started as a reaction to mass culture, of which racism is a part. True punks and metal heads know this, and they don’t support fascism and racism in any form. Of course… Read more »

Andrew
Guest
Andrew

Whole new level of respect for Flynn.

d
Guest
d

everyone who has followed pantera over the years know how this dude feels. from speeches against rap and all types other shit it aint no secret where he is coming from. Panteras music is great but that dont mean the dude aint racist but hey whut you gonna do…….

Jason Bunch
Guest
Jason Bunch

Right on. Love this quote “In our opinion, racism is not “extreme,” it’s ignorant, dumb and worthless.” I said the same thing yesterday over at Metal Sucks. Racism is just plain old fashion ignorance, ain’t nothing edgy about it.

Katelyn
Guest
Katelyn

This was an amazing article. I’m impressed by everyone’s openness to hold those accountable for the hate mongering views… This is the only genra of muisic (which I thoroughly love) that is filled with so much hate. It’s one thing to let emotions drive your creativity but why taint music with your hate.

santos
Guest
santos

i get confused when people insist that they’re being iconoclasts by taking a stand against supposed “pc fags,” cuz my understanding is that racism is just the norm in this society? it’s business as fuckin usual: police shootings, mass incarceration, deportations, displacement, community divestment etc etc etc. for folks who love to talk about how much they hate, i don’t get why they keeping fighting to uphold these tired moral values.

Vijay
Guest
Vijay

Lemme just say my 2 cents. I am a minority at metal shows. I am a big hairy Indian chef. I’m wrong in about 90% of the places I go. But I have never experienced anyone being racists towards me or any other minorities at any show I have been to. But then again I have been lucky like that my whole life. Metal fans are a brotherhood (meant in the most universal sense of the word) where we can all be ourselves and release our demons and hopefully gain some friends. I say all of this because I agree… Read more »

Dustin Wyatt
Guest

Hell. Yes.

Jim Horne
Guest

Drunk fool

Jeff Riniker
Guest

What an idiot. That’s what an 8th grade education gets ya.

Loki Freign
Guest

sorry, racist cowards 🙂

there are more of us than you, and we will destroy you, in front of your family and friends, and laugh

@Doshin: I encourage you to take your mission to real life – come tell us to leave in person 🙂

Alween Lopez
Guest

Racism is the first step to hate and segregation. Fuck them all

Daniel Johansson
Guest

Word!

Brian Killoran
Guest

One good thing about Anselmos douchebaggery is that its kick started a conversation about tolerance of racism in metal. Its heartening to see so many reject racism – and good that we use the opportunity to speak out. Fuck racism …. fuck it right in the ear. 👍

Dirk Dirksen
Guest

common shitty metal dudes hold common shitty metal opinions. get real, asshats

Layne Franks
Guest

Anselmo is a dick granted. But trying to censor someone because they don’t agree with you is you being no different than the Nazis. It’s bs and I think censorship has no place in metal. No matter what the reason

Michel Arnaud
Guest

racist are monkeys. Sorry, monkey are more intelligent and friendly. So racist are…let say….roaches. Just something you crush with your shoes because it is ugly and it stinks. Furthermore, in music, racism is just sewer full of shit. Those persons, for me have no name and no face and are just diarrhea.

Thomas Proskow
Guest

Never liked Pantera……

Victor Marques
Guest

It’s funny how people can’t see some things as countercultural symbols. Satanism has an aesthetical conception in music. Satan never seems like an opressive figure, as racism.
There’s something related with rebellion, be different, follow another path. Racism doesn’t express this, just shows that you are an idiot.
Very nice text, as usual.

Ryan Jones
Guest

Thank you for sharing. I used to listen to Pantera, had no idea about Phil’s racist beliefs. I will no longer support him in any way and will tell my friends what an ignorant goon he is.

Shinobi Yenne
Guest

Well, Well, Well… In My Opinion #RobbFlynn Is Right In What He Said, But Now If #Phil Is Or Isn’t #IDontGiveAFuck! I Will Go Straight To The Point Creatures! What Really Matters To Me Is Your Music Because I Really Love And I Will Not Leave The Listen Because Of What Happened (I Know That No One Told Me To Stop Listening Creature, I Just Wanted To Say, Ok? 😎 ) And I Just Think We Should Separate Things And I Also See The Positive Side (I Said “ME” If You Don’t, I Don’t Care! 😀 )… So, This Is… Read more »

Matthias Iscariot
Guest

Now, the next thing everyone should be asking is why hasn’t Dave Grohl condemned Anselmo? After all, Rob Flynn has. But Grohl, who was there as well, has been quiet about it. Is Grohl a dickwad like Anselmo?

Edvin Lxlx
Guest

So many posers in the comments that think right wing status quo is metal in any way…

Seth Wilson
Guest

So rape, incest, and murder are all acceptable subject matter but draw a line in the sand with racism?

Gav Quinn
Guest

Fuck this loser, he’s a has been. What an idiot.

Doshin Tlacuache
Guest

If you can’t handle the fascism and satanism you need to get the fuck on. This shit has never been about shiny happy bullshit and popular opinions. Those elemnts are present to keep pussies with sticks up their asses the hell out. Doesn’t matter how many vegan faggots you squeeze into a distorted guitar band it still won’t make it metal. Taking all the fashion elements and visuals and mixing them with a femenist agenda doesn’t make you anything but a goddamn poser. We don’t want or need you here. Take your posing asses back to Hot Topic. We can’t… Read more »

Alex Wizo
Guest

You’re a monkey in term of brain functions tho i should apologize to actual monkeys to say so. You’re stuck into a nightmare and didn’t probly noticed what happened around you in the past 20 years just be aware you’re a disgrace to the scene you think you are part of, there’s no space for your shit, deal with it, people like you are a crumble of dried shit on the butthole of history.

Andy Bullivent
Guest

So you don’t think that Phil should have apologised? So why did he? If he apologises, does that make him a poser, or a sell out? He said “You should be offended”, so why weren’t you?
http://loudwire.com/philip-anselmo-video-apology-offensive-gesture-exclamation/

Todd A. Smith
Guest

Here’s a bit for the “White pride isn’t racist! If they can have black pride, what’s the difference?” contingent: “Black pride” does not mean “black supremacy”. The movement did not come about from black people trying to claim mastery. “Black pride” is a reaction to and a rejection of centuries of being told dark skin makes them inferior, and is a source of shame. “White pride” stands for enforcing and maintaining that tired status quo. “White pride” is born from fear of equality, which means their formerly exclusive privileges now apply to all. Further, metal would not exist at all… Read more »

Joel Furze
Guest

I’m off to buy Machine Head’s entire back catalog.

Matt Butler
Guest

If you think “guilty of being white” is about white pride they what they say about racism is true! IT MAKES YOU DUMB ASS FUCK! That song is about growing in and around DC and being label a racist as kids by black folks in the area! It’s a response seeing that NO I’m not racist because of the color of my skin! It says, just because I’m white doesn’t mean I’m racist! RACISM MAKES YOU STUPID!

Matt Butler
Guest

Racism is for the feeble minded!

Jean Guy Rubber Boot
Guest
Jean Guy Rubber Boot

Awesome. I hope people stop supporting this drunk ignorant idiot.

David Rogers
Guest

If this idiot would’ve tried this BS at the Outhouse in Lawrence back in the early 90s when we were at the shows, he would’ve caught a mud hole stomping, the fuck outta here! I saw fools hospitalized for talking that white power mess. The true Hardcore scene has no respect for racism, and we had zero tolerance, even true skinheads are non racist and would always beat down the few racist boneheads and expel them with force. The Metal scene needs to clean house. Anselmo did the Seig Heil, but he got a “placa” tattoo on his stomach, in… Read more »

Elizabeth Krevy
Guest

Haha at all the butthurt white people in this thread.

Brad Sloan
Guest

He was fucking joking around you stupid pussies. Sounds like CVLT (whoever you are) is a bunch of PC hipster pussies. Toughen up and and take a joke, he was saying it like “white wine power”. This is ridiculous.

Kimberly Schmidt
Guest

I just dont think there is a place in the world today for any type of discrimination/ racism of any kind.

Brandon Armstrong
Guest

Gumb’eh Gt Thrasher

Craig Ferguson
Guest

Man who gives a fuck what this washed up former star thinks, Phil’s a fucking idiot, no one but trailer trash takes him seriously anyway.